Who is Jesus?

Sermon Title: Who is Jesus

Sermon Text: John 1:14

Sermon Date: January 21, 2018

                        Who Is Jesus? 

Introduction: If someone asked you who is Jesus what would you say?

Purpose of the Book?—John 20:30-31-“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

A.) The Jesus of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Who is Jesus according to Jehovah’s Witness doctrine?
How is one saved according to Jehovah’s Witness doctrine?

Who is Jesus—Jesus is not God. Before He lived on earth, he was Michael, the archangel. Jehovah made the universe through Him. On each, he was a man who lived a perfect life. After dying on a stake (not a Cross), he was resurrected as a spirit; his body was destroyed. Jesus is not coming again; he “returned” invisibly in 1914 in spirit. Very soon, he and the angels will destroy all non-Jehovah’s Witnesses.

How to be saved— Be baptized as Jehovah’s Witness. Most followers must yearn everlasting life on earth by “door-to-door work” Salvation in Heaven is limited to 144,000 “anointed ones.” This number is already reached.

B.) The Jesus of Mormons
Who is Jesus according to Mormon doctrine?
How is one saved according to Mormon doctrine?

Who is Jesus—Jesus is a separate god from the Father (Elohim). He was created as a spirit child by the Father and Mother in Heaven, and is the “elder brother” of all men and sprit beings. His body was created through sexual union between Elohim and Mary. Jesus was married. His death on the cross does not provide full atonement for all sin, but does provide everyone with resurrection.

How to be saved—Resurrected by grace, but saved (exalted to godhood) by works, including faithfulness to church leaders, Mormon baptism, tithing, ordination, marriage, and secret temple rituals. No eternal life without Mormon membership.

  • Who is Jesus according to the Bible?
  • How is one saved according to the Bible?

OUTLINE
I.) The Jesus of the Bible is both man and God
I.) Jesus is the God-Man

John 1:14—“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

A.) Definition– Incarnation

What does it mean that “The Word took on flesh?”

Our Divine Savior, Jesus Christ took on a Human nature. Jesus became a real man, yet He was a perfect man without sin.

Jesus was the “Word made flesh”. The doctrine holds that Jesus was one divine person with both a divine and human nature.”

“flesh”-Here the word stands for the whole man
– It shows that Christ shared in man’s creaturely weakness.

Jesus Christ identified himself with sinful men by becoming flesh. He was fully God while at the same time being truly man.

The Word= God
Became= A point in time
Flesh= Man—Represents the whole of man.

One writer said that this word shows that Christ shared in man’s creaturely weakness.

-In his humanity, Jesus was hungry and thirsty. He ate, drank, slept, and became weary. He felt pain, He wept, He rejoiced, He marveled and He was moved to anger. Jesus was compassionate. In His humanity, Jesus could relate to the creators mental, physical, and spiritual struggles, yet he was without sin.

Jesus Christ humbled himself and took on real human flesh and not the image of a body as some have falsely suggested. Jesus Christ identified himself with our depravity, yet was without sin. He was fully God while at the same time being truly man.

-The Word became flesh so that we could be reconciled to God.

The Word was in perfect fellowship with the other persons in the God-head so He didn’t come to earth because He was bored and needed company.

“The Son, who is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal God, and of one substance with the Father, took man’s nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin of her substance—so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and the manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, truly God and truly man.” – Unknown

II.) Scripture evidence of the incarnation

John 1:1-“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Isa 7:14-“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Matt. 1:20-23-“But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

Romans 9:5-“To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.”

1 Cor. 15:47-“The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.”

Gal. 4:4- “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,

Phil. 2:6-8-“who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

So why did Jesus Christ take on Human flesh? Why did He empty himself and take on the form of a servant?

-The Word of God took on flesh to save sinners.

Heb. 2:14-18-“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”
Jesus Christ became a man at the Fathers appointed time and lived a perfect life so that those believing in Him would be saved from the wrath of God!

“Having become flesh, and taken a body, He prayed, read the scriptures, suffered being tempted, and submitted His human will to the will of God the Father. And finally, in the body, He really suffered and shed His blood, [He] really died, was really buried, [He] really rose again, and really ascended up into Heaven. And yet all this time He was God as well as man!” – J.C Ryle

Who is Jesus according to Biblical Christianity? —Jesus is God, the second person of the Trinity, As God the Son, He has always existed and was never created. He is fully God and fully man (the two natures joined, not mixed). As the second Person of the Trinity, He is coequal with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. In becoming man, He was begotten through the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus is the only way to the Father, salvation, and eternal life. He died soon a cross according to God’s plan, as full a full sacrifice and payment for our sins. He rose from the dead on the third day, spiritually and physically immortal. For the next 40 days He was seen by more than 500 eyewitnesses. His wounds were touched and he ate meals. He physically ascended to Heaven. Jesus will come again visibly and physically at the end of the world to establish God’s Kingdom and judge the world.

How is one saved according to Biblical Christianity? —Salvation is by God’s grace, not by an individual’s good works. Salvation must be received by faith. People must believe in their hearts that Jesus died for their sins and physically rose again, which is the assurance of forgiveness and resurrection of the body. This is God’s loving plan to forgive sinful people.

III.) Application for today

We must make it our duty as students of the Word of God to embrace what the Bible teaches on this precious doctrine and not what our reason tells us.
-There have been many men who have compromised on this doctrine to there own damnation and find themselves condemned by God because of their unbelief of the Scriptures.
—The Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ is God.
—The Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ is man
—The Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ never ceased being God while He was a man.

  • Because Jesus became flesh and lived a perfect life on our behalf as the God-man we now have access to the throne room of God by faith through Jesus Christ by means of the Holy Spirit.
  • Because Jesus Christ became flesh and lived a perfect life on our behalf as the God-man we know that Jesus can truly sympathize with us in our weaknesses. He was in the flesh, yet was without sin!
  • The Word becoming flesh tells us that God’s purpose in sending His Son was to reveal Himself to humanity rather than hide Himself from humanity.
  • The Word becoming flesh tells us that Jesus Christ was not just a mere man, but He was, and is, and will forever be God of very God!

The message of the Gospel is for everyone but only those who repent of their sin and believe in Christ will be made right with God. By faith look into the face of Christ through the scriptures and see that He is full of grace and truth.

This is the Jesus the scriptures show us and these truths concerning Him are the ones the JW’s and Mormon’s need to be confronted with. He is the one full of Grace and Truth!

Closing thoughts

John 1:14—“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The Word became flesh and tabernacled [pitched His tent] among us so that we would see the glory of God and in seeing the glory of God we would live for the glory of God!

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